Is it true that defragmenting can result in a better and faster computer performance??
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I have a Toshiba laptop since the last 2 years which I think has definitely benefited from regular defragging. (whenever I have not run it and fragmentation builds up, I find there is excessive drive activity and things generaly tend to slowdown) Of late I have been using Diskeeper which is by the way an excellent defrag program. (Not freeware).
Assuming you are talking about a Hard Drive (not an SSD as they require a different optimizing method), defragmenting will not damage your system and it will perform much better as the disk won't have to search all over the place whenever you access a file..
To get the most performance from your PC, I suggest you use a good third party defrag program from a reputable company (forget about the software suites that promise to do everything for your PC -- they try to do too much and usually end up not doing anything well).
Here is a link to a recent side-by-side comparison of the best defrag programs available independently done by "Top 10 Reviews".
Most of the programs in the Top 10 Review do a very thorough job and some of the higher-scoring ones automatically defrag while the system is in use so you don't have to worry about remembering to defragment or waiting till it's done (the built-in defragger and even some freebies can be resource hogs, so most people don't use their PC while defragging as it will tend to run very sluggishly. And they tend to be very slow).
Also, most of the better of these offer a free trial period so you can try them out at no charge.
Just click on the image of the higher-scoring programs and you'll see the actual review itself along with their features and why each placed where it did.
The gold medal winner was given first place as they are the only defrag program that prevents fragmentation -- check out the review.
Edited by Bill R TechSpec - 4/12/11 at 9:37pm